At least 23 vehicles were set on fire in different parts of the country including the capital during the last two days of blockade program by like-minded parties including BNP-Jamaat. These include 16 buses, two trucks, one lorry, CNG, Laguna, private car and mini truck. These vehicles were set on fire from 4 am last Sunday to last Monday evening. Later, the fire service personnel brought the fire under control.
Earlier on October 28, 15 buses, two ambulances and 20 motorcycles were set on fire in Nayapaltan. The morning-evening strike on October 30 and the subsequent three-day blockade resulted in the burning of 35 vehicles across the country. Police say BNP-Jamaat supporters are setting fire to these vehicles in the name of blockade programme. Eyewitnesses say that several miscreants came together and set fire to the vehicles and fled. Police arrested some people in these incidents.
According to the Directorate of Fire Service and Civil Defense, there were 18 incidents of fire from 4 am on Sunday to 10 am on Monday (30 hours of the blockade). Of these, 10 incidents occurred in the capital Dhaka, four in Dhaka Division (Gazipur, Kaliakair, Narayanganj), four in Chittagong Division (Khagrachari, Anwara, Patia). In these incidents, 13 buses, two trucks, a private car, a CNG and a Laguna were burnt. In addition, miscreants set fire to a passenger bus of Alternative Auto Paribahan in front of Gulistan Bangabandhu Square Hall Market in the capital at around 2 pm yesterday and a bus of Alif Paribahan at Mirpur No. 1 Sony Cinema Hall junction at around 3:30 pm. Miscreants set fire to a Dhaka University bus in Mirpur-10 section in the evening.
Citing eyewitnesses, Fire Service and Civil Defense media wing official Talha Bin Jasim said that two units of Siddique Bazar Fire Station extinguished the fire after receiving information about the bus fire in Gulistan at around 2 pm. As soon as the fire broke out, the passengers in the bus got down quickly. There were no casualties.
Officer-in-charge (OC) of Mirpur Model Police Station. Mohsin said that a bus of Alif Paribahan, which was coming from Mirpur-10, was set on fire when it was crossing the Mirpur-1 Sony Cinema Hall junction. At this time, the passengers quickly got off the bus to save their lives. However, there were no casualties.
Meanwhile, miscreants set fire to a water lorry standing on the road in a cane cart on the Dhaka-Rangpur highway at Shajahanpur in Bogra yesterday. CPCL Construction’s water lorry was working on the curing of the highway’s four lane upliftment project.
The university reporter said that a day after a bus transporting Dhaka University students was set on fire, another BRTC double-decker bus transporting university employees was set on fire. The fire incident took place under the Mirpur-10 roundabout metro rail station at around 5:20 pm yesterday. However, there were no casualties, said the university’s proctor, Professor Dr. Maksudur Rahman.
According to the Chittagong office, miscreants set fire to a CNG-powered auto-rickshaw in the city yesterday morning. The CNG-powered auto rickshaw was completely gutted. The incident took place in the morning at Atura depot in Panchlaish police station area. At the same time a covered van was vandalized by arsonists. Panchlaish Police Station OC Santosh Kumar Chakma said that three suspects have been arrested in this incident. Besides, miscreants set fire to a bus in Anwara’s Chatri Chaumuhani market around 4 am. Anwara Fire Service Station official Mong Suinu Marma said the bus was completely burnt. Miscreants set another bus on fire at Oxygen Mor Railway Gate area of the city at 11 pm on Sunday. Earlier in the morning miscreants set fire to a bus of garment workers in Dhumpara area of Patenga police station in the city. In the last two days, miscreants set fire to four vehicles in and around Chittagong city during the blockade program.
Gazipur representative said that on Monday morning, the blockaders protested by burning tires on the railway line in Samantapur area of the city. Later the police put out the tire fire and removed it from the railway line. There was no disruption to train movement. Earlier on Sunday night miscreants set fire to a safe transport bus parked on the side of the road in Bilashpur Battala area of the city. Meanwhile, the police have arrested 20 BNP leaders and activists from different police stations of the city on the charges of vandalism including setting fire to buses.
Kaliakair (Gazipur) Correspondent said that miscreants poured petrol on a passenger bus and set it on fire in Safipur area of Dhaka-Tangail highway on Monday morning. The bus passengers quickly got off the bus to save their lives. On receiving the information, members of the Kaliakor Fire Service reached the spot and brought the fire under control.
Staff reporter, Rajshahi said miscreants set fire to goods trucks in the district. The incident took place at Mougachi Nandanhat intersection of Mohanpur upazila around 3:30 pm on Monday. The truck was loaded with chicken feed from Rajshahi and headed for Bagmara in the district.
According to the Barisal office, a cocktail was detonated at the bridge area of Barisal-Patuakhali highway near Boalia Bazar in Bakerganj around 11 pm on Sunday. At that time five BNP leaders and activists were arrested by the police.